Saturday, May 23, 2015

Review: Going Back For Romeo (The Curse of Clan Ross #1) by L L Muir

Book coverGoing Back For Romeo (The Curse of Clan Ross #1) by L L Muir
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star star starstar

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Alone, with a Highlander, in his castle, on a cold dark night...

(Okay, so it wasn’t that cold.)

Jillian MacKay is being conned by a pair of eighty-year-old witches. They’re convinced she’s the perfect sucker to test a prophecy and they’re willing to bury her alive to prove it. Once she escapes and finds herself in 15th Century Scotland, she believes her return home depends on a heroic deed—she must rescue a plaid-clad Romeo and Juliet before tragedy can strike. The monster standing in her way, however, is a handsome Highlander who might just be her own Romeo...a Romeo she must leave behind.

Rather than surrender his secrets, Montgomery Ross would prefer to go down in history as the heartless creature who betrayed one sister and buried the other alive. When he falls in love with the prophesied faery who has come to expose him, he'll have to learn a wee lesson from the star-crossed lovers or suffer the fate to which he once condemned them.

According to my friend Bambi, since I've been talking her ear off about this book while I read it, I need to give it 5 stars and I think I agree with her. It's not often that I give a book 5 stars so it's a big deal for me when I do. I need to feel that the book really deserves it.

Right through reading, I was messaging Bambi and saying things like:
"It's beautiful!"
"The tension and the love angst is driving me crazy in a good way."
"OMG! I'm crying!"
"I'm still crying!"

It's rare that I rave about a book when I'm reading it, usually, I'm ranting about it. :-p

If you judge the book by it's cover, you would not thing this would be a great book. I got the book because I was looking for an audiobook to listen to and this got me interested. Then I listened to the audiobook and the narrator almost put me off the book because he sounded like he had a permanent head cold while trying to do a Scottish brogue, and his female voices were terrible. He might as well not tried to sound like a female. Do you know how hard it is to understand someone speaking with a head cold and Scottish brogue? Even so, I was intrigued enough with the book to want to keep going and switched from listening to reading, and could not stop. I confess I may have glommed the book.

Of course, you're wondering why I love this book, right?

For starters, it's a hugely romantic book. It is fairly teeming with romance, from all the things that are said and not said. You can tell, with the time travel that it will lead to tragedy and heartbreak, and it does not disappoint. There are moments of gentle poignancy that knocks at your heart and makes you hold your breath. There are instances of passion and intimacy that will escape you if you do not read carefully, and enough tension to keep you reading because you want to know how Jillian and Monty's love unfolds, how they overcome the odds that are placed before them.

I loved Jillian as a character. She was quirky, fun and selfless. She does what she does because she is willing to sacrifice for others and that's a greatly admirable trait. Right to the end, it breaks my heart what she is willing to sacrifice, for the love of others, for the love of her life. I cried heartbroken tears with her when she cried, when her heart broke. I laughed and celebrated with her when she had her happily ending. Jillian as a heroine was one of those who found her love, admitted her love and held on while trying to do what's right, knowing that she might not get her own happy ending. She's such a refreshing change to the constant slew of heroines I've come across recently who tend to push the hero away right to the very end, where you wonder, what does he see in her? You know what Monty sees in Jillian. Her loving spirit, her generous heart and her joie de vivre.

Monty was also very easy to love because he was such a broken, tortured soul, weighed down by decisions that he had to make for the love of his sisters and for the good of his clan. He was a lonely, sad and probably slight mad man until Jillian came and shone a light into his life. I watched him struggle against his own honor, what he felt was the right thing to do and what he wanted to do for those he loved, and my heart ached for him. I wanted him to find redemption and forgiveness. I wanted him to have peace and happiness.

Jillian and Monty are a couple who fall in love in a time when they should not have and the odds were against them, but instead of lamenting their fate, they hung on and grabbed what they could, knowing that whatever stolen moments they had was all they were going to have. I loved that they grabbed hold and they hung on.
This book surprised me in a very good way. I'm looking forward to the next book and I hope it's just as good.

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About the author
auL.L. Muir lives in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains and writes fiction between bowls of cereal.

If she could do anything she wanted, she'd travel and find stories that need to be told, listening to the ghosts of ill-fated lovers who need to be reunited if only in her novels. In fact, when she wandered through the halls of Château de Chenonceau one summer, she sensed... Well, perhaps you'll read about that one day.

Before writing full-time, she owned a flower shop called The Scottish Rose. She'd often answer the phone sounding like Mrs. Doubtfire...until a gentleman customer asked to speak with the Scottish woman who owned the place. A little embarrassing, that.

She's having a ball and hopes you enjoy the rides. Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. Scream all you want.

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